After a week in Vegas, I started back to Phoenix ... but on the way back I detoured into the Mojave on Turtle Mt. Road, in search of the Lost Arch Inn. Turtle Mt. Road is straight, but there's sand along the way, and as you get higher up it gets into some very rocky terrain.

Real 4x4's have no problems here, but an AWD Element is another matter. I considered turning around a couple times, but pressed on. I parked for the night about a mile from the Inn, and hiked back to it.

I also stayed at Thomas' Place again, in Mojave Nat'l Preserve. I love this place too, it's the essence of the Mojave. I also stopped by Nelson, the old mining town, but it was mid-day. I copped a couple decent lil shots though:)